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Iron Butterfly Guitarist Dies

The man who delivered one of rock's most recognizable riffs has died. "The Los Angeles Times" reports that Erik Braunn, the lead guitarist for 1960s rock group Iron Butterfly, died after going into cardiac arrest on Friday in Los Angeles. He was 52. According to his official Web site, Braunn had been battle, quote, "a debilitating physical ailment to which the doctors know little about, nor a cure."
Although the guitarist played with the band for less than three years, it was during his tenure that he and his bandmates earned a permanent place in rock and roll history with the 17-minute classic "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida." Braunn's thundering guitar hook helped propel the 1968 album of the same name to number four on the "Billboard" album chart. A violin prodigy at the age of 4, Braunn was just 16 years old when he joined Iron Butterfly in 1967. He reunited with the band for numerous performances over the years, and had been recording new material for a solo album at the time of his death. John Machay, (Los Angeles - metrosource)

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